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2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Ford Mustang

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  • 2021 Chevy Camaro

    A white 2021 Chevy Camaro is angled left.

    Starting at

    $25,000

    2021 Ford Mustang

    A dark grey 2020 Ford Mustang is angled right.

    Starting at

    Est. $27,155

    650Max Torque (lb-ft)625
    3.50-60 MPH (sec)3.6
    6.2L V8Top Engine5.0L V8

    There is nothing quite as gratifying as slipping behind the wheel of an iconic vehicle, turning the engine on, and listening to the throbbing exhaust coming from a perfectly tuned engine. What is even better is knowing that you can feel such satisfaction in a car that is priced under $26,000. Now, a sports car should be much more than just show and go, even if horsepower and style are top on your list of must-haves. The 2021 Chevy Camaro is a two-door pony car with power, performance, great looks, and countless features and options sure to entice even the most laid back and chill drivers. But what about its arch-rival? Welcome to the battle of the pony cars: 2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Ford Mustang.

    If you have never been behind the wheel of a Chevy Camaro, test driving one will be a pleasant surprise. The surprise is that in addition to power and an aggressive style, the Camaro is a car that can be utilized for daily use. That is, it is the perfect car for all of your daily routines. Just make sure you aren't too heavy on the gas pedal. Sure, it's gratifying when you punch the gas pedal, and even the four-cylinder engine packs 275 hp, but the 2021 Camaro is built for more than speed. But how does the new Camaro stack up against the latest Ford Mustang? Well, let's find out by comparing the two.

  • Performance

    A silver 2021 Chevy Camaro convertible is driving past the ocean after winning the 2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Ford Mustang comparison.

    What is also admirable about the Chevy Camaro is that you get a surprisingly quick engine even at the base level. The base four-cylinder packs 275 hp and boasts a quick throttle response. For those who desire more in a Camaro, and we understand why, you can easily upgrade to the V6, which at 335 hp completely changes the character. Of course, there will be those who will want to go all out and opt for the traditional V8, which offers a whopping 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. 

    Both the Camaro and Mustang rank well in power, but the Camaro offers higher displacement engines with more torque. So even though the Mustang offers a bit more horsepower, the Camaro will usually win a 0 to 60 dash. The Mustang also no longer offers a V6, which is a real limitation if you are not interested in a thirsty V8. However, the 6.2L V8 engines in the Camaro does get better mileage than the comparable 5.0L V8 Mustang offerings. 

    Handling and Safety

    But the 2021 Camaro offers more than just raw power. Thanks to the solid structure of the Camaro and the fact it is well-balanced, you enjoy the precise handling that was previously the domain of expensive European sports cars. With the electronically assisted power steering, you enjoy quick response with very little effort. This accurate response will prompt you to take the winding roads home after work. In fact, there is a lot to admire about the rear-wheel-drive Camaro; in addition to good handling and strong braking ability, you enjoy a comfortable ride. The Mustang has also seen handling improvements, but since it is hundreds of pounds heavier than a comparable Camaro, those effects are less pronounced.

    As far as safety, both the Camaro and Mustang offer the standard driver and passenger front airbags, as well as front passenger knee airbags and front side-impact airbags. Also, both cars have traction control, electronic stability systems, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. While these pony cars have more than enough power to get you into trouble, they also have all the modern systems needed to keep you safe out on the road.

  • Interior

    The black interior of a 2021 Chevy Camaro is shown.

    There are new and old elements in the interior of the 2021 Chevy Camaro. For example, the dual hoods over the instrument cluster and the chrome surrounding are elements from the original. However, the interior also offers quite a few modern features, including the touchscreen infotainment system and heated seats, which can be a blessing when winter hits and temperatures drop. Chevy has been working diligently, constantly improving the interior, and it is obvious they are on the right track. The all-black interior is offset with optional red stitching, which is really pleasing to the eyes. The front seats are super comfortable, and there is plenty of legroom as well as adequate headroom. The well-cushioned seats add to the experience of driving a sports car with plenty of power. If you choose the optional Recaro racing seats, you will find they hold you securely in place as well as offer the comfort you would expect from a high-quality seat. 

    Camaro Features

    The 2021 Chevy Camaro also offers plenty of options and features when it comes to the interior. In addition to 8-way power seats, all-weather floor and cargo mats, and alloy sport pedals, other interior options include a carbon-fiber instrument panel trim, aluminum interior trim, and a convenience and lighting package. It's a sports car owner's dream to have such sweet luxury features in a performance car. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system is quite impressive. It offers an 8-inch color touchscreen and a host of features that help improve the overall driving experience. As you might expect, the six-speaker surround sound system sounds amazing with striking bass and more than adequate higher frequencies. The optional Bose premium audio system will simply leave you breathless.

    An optional rearview camera will ensure a scratchless car no matter how tight or busy the parking area. There is no shame in admitting that you would benefit from a rearview camera. Besides, the camera also adds safety as you can see if anybody or anything is behind you when backing out of the driveway. In a nutshell, the Chevy Camaro's instrument cluster and infotainment system is a nice combination of attractive menus and intuitive controls. 

    Mustang Comparison

    The interior of the 2021 Ford Mustang is also fully functional and offers an evolutionary design. But at the same time, there is a lot of plastic, which cheapens the look somewhat, and you don't have all the headroom offered on the Camaro. In addition, there isn't much room in the rear seating area; it is even rather difficult to get children back there. Lastly, while the Mustang offers several compelling options and components, it does not offer as many luxury features.

  • Design

    A red 2021 Chevy Camaro with a black hood is parked on a racetrack.

    Chevy offers some new accessory packages for the 2021 Camaro that will allow you to add even more style to the already iconic car. The black accent package and the red accent package give the Camaro a bolder, more aggressive look and add presence without going overboard. You can also choose from several dealer-installed options, including suspension and exhaust upgrades, as well as cold air intakes, which will be welcomed options for sports car enthusiasts.

    Looks

    The most talked-about design package for the 2021 Camaro is the Wild Cherry design. Do you want some eye candy? If you desire a truly unique exterior, options such as the new Wild Cherry Tintcoat, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, satin black hood stripes, and more will let you build exactly what you want. There isn't much to complain about with the exterior of the 2021 Ford Mustang. After all, it is that iconic look people are drawn to. However, the Camaro is far more aggressive in appearance. 

    Price

    The 2021 Chevy Camaro is a legendary car designed to enhance your driving experience. Driving the 2021 Chevy Camaro is truly an unforgettable experience, and the stylish exterior simply cannot be matched. Best of all, you can own this iconic car for as little as $25,000. That's a great price for owning a piece of performance history. Of course, you can up your trim level for a small price and enjoy more powerful engines and a plethora of unique features. While official prices for the 2021 Mustang aren't out yet, it looks like Ford's muscle car will start at a touch over $27,000.  

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